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March 9, 1998 | From Associated Press
An allegedly drunk motorist drove his car into an accident investigation scene in Azusa, killing one woman and injuring her daughter and two police officers, authorities said. The accident occurred about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, as an Azusa police officer and a California Highway Patrol officer were investigating an accident on East Sierra Madre Avenue, CHP Officer Karen Faciane said.
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April 11, 2001
A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective was critically injured Tuesday morning after his undercover vehicle collided with a 1-ton Chevy truck on a canyon road in Santa Clarita, authorities said. The detective, whose name has not been released, had stopped his Pontiac Grand Am on the northbound side of Plum Canyon Road east of Via Joyce Drive as part of an undercover investigation, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Odle said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2001
A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective was critically injured Tuesday morning after his undercover vehicle collided with a 1-ton Chevy truck on a canyon road in Santa Clarita, authorities said. The detective, whose name has not been released, had stopped his Pontiac Grand Am on the northbound side of Plum Canyon Road east of Via Joyce Drive as part of an undercover investigation, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Odle said.
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February 16, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worried for his safety, Brandan Hinkle's family urged him against becoming a motorcycle cop. But Hinkle, of Aliso Viejo, was determined. A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy for 11 years, he vowed to put behind him a previous, unsuccessful attempt to join the elite unit of motorcycle deputies. And this time, he looked destined for success. Hinkle, 33, was flying through training and was only weeks from finishing when a head-on collision with a car took his life Wednesday.
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June 14, 1996
A California Highway Patrol officer was thrown about 50 feet when the van he had pulled over was struck by an out-of-control vehicle Thursday, but he survived with only cuts and bruises, authorities said. The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m., when Officer Ken Ericsson, 45, of Moorpark, pulled over a van on the eastbound Ventura Freeway near Wilbur Avenue, said Richard Perez, a CHP spokesman.
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September 30, 1999
A former Los Angeles police officer, left a paraplegic after a traffic accident while on his his way to a bomb scare three years ago, will receive nearly $8 million in settlements from lawsuits he subsequently filed, city officials said. Brian D. Matthews, who had been a police officer for 19 years, was en route from Palmdale to San Pedro to handle a call about a suspicious briefcase.
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February 6, 1997
A Los Angeles police motorcycle officer was killed when struck by a pickup truck Wednesday evening, authorities said. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center spokesman Ron Wise said the officer suffered a "major chest injury." He was taken to the hospital about 6 p.m. and died a few hours later. Authorities did not release the name of the officer. Police Chief Willie L. Williams and Police Commissioner Raymond Fisher were at the hospital with the officer shortly after the accident, authorities said.
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May 2, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A drunk driver whose car plowed into a group of stranded motorists, killing a California Highway Patrol officer who had come to their rescue, faces life in prison after a jury convicted him of second-degree murder Thursday. Ramiro Rodriguez, 44, of San Fernando was also found guilty of three other felonies in the 1995 death of Bruce Thomas Hinman, an eight-year CHP officer and father of three.
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April 14, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While responding to a robbery Thursday night, two patrol cars from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department collided head-on, injuring three deputies, authorities said. Both cars were traveling east on Avenue P, but one of them was on the wrong side of the road, in the westbound lane, said Sgt. Mike Graham of the sheriff's Palmdale station. When the car in the eastbound lane attempted to make a U-turn at 3rd Street East, it smashed into the one traveling in the wrong lane.
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January 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
A police captain was killed in a car accident, hours after his squad was involved in a dramatic shootout with a bank robbery suspect. George Stasko died after his unmarked police car swerved off Interstate 101 in Somona County and struck a tree early Saturday. He was driving to his Santa Rosa home at the time and apparently had fallen asleep at the wheel, Police Chief Fred Lau said. "His willingness to take on people who were such dangerous criminals earned him a lot of respect," said U.S.
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February 15, 2001 | GENE MADDAUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy and motorcycle trainee was fatally injured Wednesday when he collided with a car near Diamond Bar, authorities said. Brandan Hinkle, 33, of Aliso Viejo, was taken to Brea Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Sheriff Lee Baca said. The driver of the car and a 2-year-old girl riding with her were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. They were treated and released, Sheriff's Capt. Ray Leyva said.
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April 14, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While responding to a robbery Thursday night, two patrol cars from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department collided head-on, injuring three deputies, authorities said. Both cars were traveling east on Avenue P, but one of them was on the wrong side of the road, in the westbound lane, said Sgt. Mike Graham of the sheriff's Palmdale station. When the car in the eastbound lane attempted to make a U-turn at 3rd Street East, it smashed into the one traveling in the wrong lane.
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March 3, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA
An LAPD officer and two teenage participants in a police at-risk youth program were injured when their vehicle was struck by a car driven by an elderly woman. The Devonshire station detective had the most serious injury--a broken finger, a police spokesman said.
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January 24, 2000 | David Ryan, (714) 520-2511
A Brea police officer who had part of his left leg amputated last month after an on-duty traffic accident in Yorba Linda will be returning to work within the next few months, Chief William Lentini said Friday. Motorcycle officer Tom Bischetsrieder, 41, has recovered from the December surgery and is beginning a physical therapy process that will teach him to walk with a prosthetic limb, Lentini said.
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September 30, 1999
A former Los Angeles police officer, left a paraplegic after a traffic accident while on his his way to a bomb scare three years ago, will receive nearly $8 million in settlements from lawsuits he subsequently filed, city officials said. Brian D. Matthews, who had been a police officer for 19 years, was en route from Palmdale to San Pedro to handle a call about a suspicious briefcase.
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March 29, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What began as a routine stop of a suspected drunk driver turned into a near tragedy early Sunday when a trucker fell asleep at the wheel of his big rig and plowed into a California Highway Patrol cruiser and another car, the CHP said. Sgt. Ben Dibene had just stopped a suspected drunk driver on the Foothill Freeway about 1:45 a.m.
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February 16, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worried for his safety, Brandan Hinkle's family urged him against becoming a motorcycle cop. But Hinkle, of Aliso Viejo, was determined. A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy for 11 years, he vowed to put behind him a previous, unsuccessful attempt to join the elite unit of motorcycle deputies. And this time, he looked destined for success. Hinkle, 33, was flying through training and was only weeks from finishing when a head-on collision with a car took his life Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1995
Two Pico Rivera sheriff's deputies were injured Monday when a drunk driver struck one of the officers during a traffic stop, then collided with the other deputy's patrol car a short time later, a sheriff's spokesman said. Hurt during the early morning incident were deputies Charles Rihbany, who suffered a broken ankle, and Craig Johnson, who received minor neck and leg injuries. Both were treated and released from a hospital.
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January 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
A police captain was killed in a car accident, hours after his squad was involved in a dramatic shootout with a bank robbery suspect. George Stasko died after his unmarked police car swerved off Interstate 101 in Somona County and struck a tree early Saturday. He was driving to his Santa Rosa home at the time and apparently had fallen asleep at the wheel, Police Chief Fred Lau said. "His willingness to take on people who were such dangerous criminals earned him a lot of respect," said U.S.
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April 10, 1998
A motorcycle officer chasing a speeding driver suffered minor injuries Thursday when he crashed after another motorist steered into his path. Officer Dean Schram was traveling north in the 8100 block of De Soto Avenue, chasing a speeding motorist when he pulled into the middle turning lane. Seeing the officer's flashing red lights coming up behind her, a motorist in front of him swung to the left, directly in front of the officer, instead of moving to her right, said Sgt. Ronald Leanderts.
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